Saul Bellow

Any artist should be grateful for a naÔve grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately.

As for types like my own, obscurely motivated by the conviction that our existence was worthless if we didnít make a turning point of it, we were assigned to the humanities, to poetry, philosophy, painting--the nursery games of humankind, which had to be left behind when the age of science began. The humanities would be called upon to choose a wallpaper for the crypt, as the end drew near.

In the greatest confusion there is still an open channel to the soul. It may be difficult to find because by midlife it is overgrown, and some of the wildest thickets that surround it grow out of what we describe as our education. But the channel is always there, and it is our business to keep it open, to have access to the deepest part of ourselves.

There are evils . . . that have the ability to survive identification and go on for ever . . . money, for instance, or war.

We are all such accidents. We do not make up history and culture. We simply appear, not by our own choice. We make what we can of our condition with the means available. We must accept the mixture as we find it -- the impurity of it, the tragedy of it, the hope of it.

I think that New York is not the cultural center of America, but the business and administrative center of American culture.

Everybody knows there is no fineness or accuracy of suppression; if you hold down one thing, you hold down the adjoining.

Psycho-analysis pretends to investigate the Unconscious. The Unconscious by definition is what you are not conscious of. But the Analysts already know whatís in it--they should, because they put it all in beforehand.

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